Catawba, North Fork - Route 1559 to Route 1552 Bridge

Catawba, North Fork, North Carolina, US


Route 1559 to Route 1552 Bridge

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Length 5.6 Miles

River Description

Lat/Longitude data are very approximate.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-08-05 20:17:39

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
6.0Alternate Takeout

Rapid Descriptions

User Comments

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July 26 2005 (4560 days ago)
frank garrettDetails
There is a boulder garden below the git-in that has a nice little class II drop into a reactionary
on the left. The first RR tresle is visible as you approach a large island. Get out and scout the
rapid under the bridge. The line is right down the middle, just follow the tounge. The next rapid
that needs to be scouted forms a horizon line. There is a nice slide with a couple of ledges right
below it. Best run on the right just left of the top hole. Below this there is a lot of flat water.
Allow about 3 1/2 hours.
April 2 2005 (4675 days ago)
Christopher McFaddenDetails
Ran this today after about an inch of rain in the area. Had a foot on the old spray painted guage ,
which needs replacing. This is a good run for low intermediates looking to step up there water
reading skills.It reminds me some of the U. Chattahoocee and it's good alternative to the Natahala
or Upper Green. But probably a tad easier than either. It has two low class III rapids. The first
is manky with a difficult scout if you find yourself in the steep walled eddy on river right just
above the drop. You'll know it when you get there. The second is a nice granite slide with holes,
best run on the right. Other than that there is an abundance of class II drops, some not being user
friendly. A Big undercut wall and plenty of trees come to mind. A few good play waves and holes are
sprinkled throuout, one of which i can't wait to hit at higher water. Then there's the obligatory
rope swing and cliff jump.The scenery is trashed after the first couple of miles thanks to abundant
loggin and mining. Suprisingly the water stays pretty clear. Oh and the old Gauge readings are
wrong. Zero is a bare minimun, 1 foot good, 2 ft better and 3 ft high.

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